On 29 October, the Global Day of Action for Care, Education International will join in the global trade union call for decent working conditions and fair pay for care workers. This global call recognises the enormous contribution to society being made by workers across the health, care, and education sectors, whether working in hospitals, hospices, schools, care homes, private homes or as domestic workers, whether in the public or private sector. Education International invites member organisations and concerned citizens to follow two webinars that will address these issues.
- Investing in public health and care – including mental health, childcare, early childhood education, elder care, and other social care services to ensure job creation, fair wages, decent working conditions; and to close gender gaps in labour force participation.
- Ensuring decent pay and working conditions, including equal pay for work of equal value, training opportunities and occupational health and safety for workers in health and care services, including home care and domestic workers.
- Ensuring equity and non-discrimination in recruitment, retention, access to training and promotion opportunities for workers across the health and care sectors.
- Ensuring that the rights to freedom of association and to collective bargaining are respected for all workers in the health and care sectors, whether in the formal or informal economy.
- Funding universal, gender-responsive social protection accessible by all workers regardless of employment status or migrant status, racial or ethnic background, disability, gender, identity expression or sexual orientation, and inclusive of workers in the informal economy.
- Ensure accessibility for all to quality public health and care services, including refugees and migrants, regardless of status.